I'm sure you've heard by now. There's some crazy stuff happening in this issue. Forget Blackest Night. If you haven't heard, this is your warning. But if you've been to Roy Harper's page or around the boards, you already know what happens. How does the rest of the issue stack up?
While I am enjoying Blackest Night, it is nice reading a book not tied directly to it. On the other hand, this book takes place before Blackest Night so it does make you question where things will end up. Now that you know what happens to Roy, what do you think? Was this a good plot element or was it done simply for shock value. As I stated, when I flipped through the book and saw that image, I was literally like,"Holy Crap!" DC is more likely to do drastic changes like this to its characters. I wonder if we'll see any long term repercussions or if he will simply get a cyborg arm. On the hand (ooh, I didn't mean that), couldn't Zatanna simply say, "mra hcttear"? If this new version of the Justice League is supposed to be more about "justice," it should be interesting to see how this act will motivate them. Who will they go after? Who is really to blame?
I'm sure there will be people that think this is cool and others that will hate James Robinson for Roy's fate. But let's be honest, you can't put all the blame (or credit) on him. The DC editors had to approve this move or maybe even suggested it. As in the other issues, Mauro Cascioli's art is pretty amazing. There are times where things look a little awkward but it's still a feast for your eyes.
With two more issues left, we're left wondering where is this going to go. I mentioned that this occurs before Blackest Night but we haven't really seen this team in action together during the mini-series. If something major like this happens in the fifth issue, I wonder what else we can expect in the final two.